I am 3 weeks almost 4 weeks post opp from a ankle surgery that was pretty extensive. They had to cut out 2 bone spurs and i still had a fracture in my medial malleolus that was trashing my deltoid ligament. (This had been going on for 11 years from a car accident that I was in and it was not fixed right at that time.) they cut the bone spurs out and cut the medial malleolus at the point of the fracture and drilled a pin through a bone so that they could reattach the deltoid ligament. I started having numbness in my toes about 7 days ago and they tried Gabapentin first and it has not worked so they switched me to Lyrica 75mg 2 times a day yesterday and said that it could take up to 2 weeks to start working. Is that true that it will talke that long,because I would really love to sleep in my bed again. Numbness has now also moved to my heal all of the time and is in my toes if my foot is not on the ground. Will it really take 2 weeks?
How long does it take lyrica to actually start working for the nerve numbness after surgery?
Question posted by browneyedgurl2082 on 6 Oct 2011
Last updated on 17 April 2012 by nicuribe
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I had severe numbness of the leg and foot due to a pinched sciatic nerve, resulting in "drop foot". Following spinal surgery to relieve the sciatic nerve, I took fully 1,000 mg of Lyrica per day. (I know, more than the recommended daily dosage.) About a week later, I started to get feeling back in my foot and could wiggle my big toe for the first time. Within 6 months I was 100% well. So, I would say that your dosage is perhaps too low and it will consequently take you longer to regain feeling.
You are not on a very high dose. They usually add more when you body gets used to that dose. It is usually used for nerve pain albeit a seizure med. So do not stop it all at once as it can cause seizures. I have never heard of it used for numbness...
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